June 8, 2016 at 10:41AM

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Cheap Stabilizing Options for the Nikon D810

Hi Everyone!
I'm shooting on the D810 with great, fast lenses (a 28 1.4 and 50 1.4). On a tripod my footage looks fantastic. Moving around? A different story. I don't need/want the smooth floaty feel of a ronin gimbal, just something I can use to minimize (but not eliminate) shake. I shoot in very difficult conditions that often require extensive travel, so the less weight the better. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Sorry, forgot to mention that I wouldn't want to spend more than $1,200. Any higher and I'm better off getting a A7S with a lens adapter!

June 8, 2016 at 10:42AM

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Lee Cohen
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absolutely love this little cowboy studio shoulder rig

http://www.amazon.com/CowboyStudio-Shoulder-Support-Camcorder-Camera/dp/...

its cheap, but it does the job well, reduces shoulder strain, and is light. i would buy a couple of them though if you are doing extensive travel, i find i break one every 5 months but for the price can't really be beat if you don't need the ronin look.

June 8, 2016 at 2:26PM

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Mark K.
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On the lower cost side of things you could go with a video mono-pod which can be used as a mono-pod or you can use it to help stabilize your camera as you walk with the collapsed mono-pod hanging below. Definitely helps to smooth out hand-held shots but still gives it a bit of a rough look to the footage. ( not silky smooth at all )

Benro Series 4 Monopod with S4 Video Head
http://goo.gl/uo8LDi

I was also going to suggest the Manfrotto Fig-Rig ( which I bought 8 years ago and still use from time to time ) but it looks like it's been discontinued, so you would have to find one used...

Manfrotto 595B Fig Rig Camera Stabilizer
http://goo.gl/VrG2si

June 8, 2016 at 2:34PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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That Fig Rig looks like it could be the answer! It's a bit bulky, not exactly going to blend in to the crowd, but that probably wasn't going to happen anyway :) Thanks Guy.

Lee Cohen

June 9, 2016 at 8:13AM

Glidecam HD-2000. You can find them for under $450, and once you practice with it, give extremely smooth shots! you can find them for less than $500 new, and are built to last!

June 8, 2016 at 7:15PM, Edited June 8, 7:15PM

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Craig Douglas
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Totally misread that, my bad! Now if I can only find the delete button...

Craig Douglas

June 9, 2016 at 3:43PM, Edited June 9, 3:43PM

You could look at the Easyrig Mini or equivalents (Zero-G): both these are above your budget, but there are cheaper ones (can't quickly find them). I ended up making one using a steadicam vest then adding a pole up the back, overhead to a hook.

Some suggestions also here
http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/archive/index.php/t-321121.html

June 11, 2016 at 10:06AM

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Thomas Dove
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There are a bunch of solutions for you at http://ginirigs.com They have a ton of rigs and easy rigs, etc.

September 9, 2016 at 11:13PM

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Rob
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